A grassroots organization dedicated to shutting down the Graton Rancheria casino in Rohnert Park, CA through the courts. Like us on Facebook. Join us today!
ONLY 650 GRATON CASINO WORKERS (WAITERS, JANITORS, HOSPITALITY WORKERS AND COOKS) ELIGIBLE FOR UNION MEMBERSHIP? We thought they created "2,000" jobs. Waiters, janitors, hospitality workers and cooks (but the restaurants are all privately owned!) are the bulk of the available jobs there. So where's the other 1,350 jobs? Here's the truth: The 2,000 jobs figure would have only happened if the large hotel planned for the casino had opened. That was where the "2,000 jobs" figure came from, but the hotel was not built, and Graton casino never corrected the figure. Check the original stories and documents going back to 2003. You'll see we're right. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Graton…
The sad part is that the casino's own study shows that local bars and restaurants will suffer a 13% loss of business after the casino opens. In an industry that operates on such a small profit margin, this will mean that businesses will be forced to shut down. That will mean loss of tax revenue, higher unemployment and an overall job loss that is typically found in communities that host casinos. The City of Rohnert Park has already predicted a $6.25 million loss of sales revenue and the resulting loss of tax revenue for the city ($511,000 in the first year alone) as a result of casino traffic. One win, lots of losses. Read "10 Things Every Business Owner Should Know About Casinos" at http://tinyurl.com/n3gujab
POINTS TO PONDER:
"To quite an extent, gambling is a tax on ignorance. I find it socially revolting when the government preys on the ignorance of its citizenry. When the government makes it easy for people to take their Social Security checks and pull [slot machine] handles, it relieves taxes on those who don't fall for it. It's not government at its best."
-- Warren Buffett
"No one in the history of mankind has ever developed or operated a casino out of a burning desire to improve the lot of humanity." -Chuck Gardner, Former Nevada Deputy Attorney General
Stop the Casino 101 Coalition plans to shut the casino down and keep it shut. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Cas…
Neither Mr. Worthington nor Ms. Montgomery live near the casino any more than any resident of the Rohnert Park area does. Everyone in Rohnert Park is within about three miles of the casino.
The casino money to the county and cities is voodoo economics at its worst. It has been demonstrated that for every $46 in revenue given to a community by a casino, the actual costs to the community are about $248. This is for increased costs to the justice system, the social welfare system, lost productivity and more. Do the math to determine how much Sonoma County will lose from this casino.
Even financial wizards like Warren Buffet and Donald Trump know that gambling isn't good for the economy and they're on the record about it.
In California, by 2007, there were an estimated 1.2 million gambling addicts, "300,000, or about 30 percent, more than before voters approved Proposition 1A in 2000 to allow Las Vegas-class gambling on Indian lands in California, according to figures compiled over the past decade by the state attorney general’s office and the California Council on Problem Gambling." See "(Not so) Fun Gambling Facts at http://www.stopthecasino101.com/id116.html
Ignorance isn't bliss when it comes to casinos.
Greg Sarris claim to Indian identity has been declared false by the very family through which he claims Indian ancestry. That's right. His own family outed him. His third cousin, to be exact. Her name is Velia Navarro, she lives in the Los Angeles area, and she has provided a Sworn declaration that her family has NO Indian blood. Her oral history of her family and the vital records she has in her possession confirm the research done in 2010, which was extensive. You can hear Velia's own words at http://www.stopthecasino101.com/id147.html and see actual historical documents that prove it.
None of the 254 acres currently held by the federal government is "sovereign" tribal land. It is state land, and subject state law - that's according to settled case law in California. There will be a trial on this matter on August 2, 2013. If the court agrees that the casino site is state land, the casino will not be allowed to open. You can find more at www.stopthecasino101.com
And why is there no mention of the fact that this entire area is critical habitat for the highly endangered tiger salamander? Anyone wishing to build anything will have to do a 2 year CEQA study.
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